Phantastic Ferniture, Tony Molina, and Marillion
In this week’s post we’re going to listen to two new bands rooted in the past and one band from the past thriving in the present. Phantastic Ferniture and Tony Molina have the keys to the time machine, while Marillion are staring into the mirror to note where life has brought them.
Phantastic Ferniture: Phantastic Ferniture
Friends Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan K Brennan, and Tom Stephens teamed up to form Phantastic Ferniture and release their self-titled debut album. The album fuses disparate musical elements into a garage/surf rock/dream pop California beach vibe, So it might surprise you that the band members gathered together from the Australian indie scene. Lead singer Julia Jacklin has a deeper Sam Phillips quality and I wouldn’t be surprised if T Bone Burnett produced the album. Somehow I doubt that, though.
Tony Molina: Kill the Lights
What’s that you say? You love the music of the 60s, but you just don’t have time to order and listen to all those Time-Life discs? Have no fear, Tony Molina is here with Kill the Lights. This 10-song, 14:26 minute album is perfect for that brief run to the store. Or, that quick trip to Quik Trip if you will. With such a fast listen, you might think something is missing from the album. Not so! You get verses, choruses, and bridges. You just get them stripped down to the bare essentials.
Marillion: All One Tonight (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)
FEAR not! Whatever you feel you missed from Tony Molina, Marillion makes up for with their latest All One Tonight (Live at the Royal Albert Hall). This album sees the band performing FEAR in its entirety before taking a quick break for a nip of gin and returning with some “actual musicians.” The rest of the night contains fan favorites from H’s tenure (sorry Fish fans). The sound quality on this is impeccable. Also, judging from the video for Go!, the visuals are vibrant. This will join my Bluray concert collection.